July 5, 2016

Hillary Clinton’s Awful Weekend

Last week Hillary Clinton’s email scandal landed her and Bill Clinton the “honor” of “Worst Week In Washington.” Having your husband meet secretly with the Attorney General in the same week that you spend over three hours being interviewed by the FBI certainly qualifies any week for an overwhelming victory for that dubious award.

In the hopes of moving beyond her many scandals, Clinton is campaigning this afternoon with President Barack Obama. During the appearance, the President will try to help Clinton’s massive trust problem by explaining that he too once didn’t like Clinton. Unfortunately for the presumptive nominee, President Obama’s two terms in office have transformed the Democratic Party into one that is significantly more liberal than it was in 2008. On issue after issue, the famous Clinton triangulation strategy has been replaced by uber-liberal policies:

Hillary Clinton is entering uncharted political terrain as the presumptive Democratic nominee, with President Obama leaving behind a more liberal party than the one he inherited in 2009. On hot-button social issues from gay marriage to gun control to immigration, the Democratic Party has been transformed during Obama’s eight years in office. The leftward shift is ongoing, with liberal activists pressing Obama and Clinton to move in their direction on trade and the expansion of entitlement programs such as Social Security.”

In addition to President Obama, Clinton will also be joined by two Democrats running for office, gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper and Senate hopeful Deborah Ross. Unlike the last time Clinton was in North Carolina, Cooper and Ross plan to show up this time. Clinton’s high unfavorable numbers proved too much of a liability in the past. In a recent poll considerably more people say they are “less likely” to vote for a Clinton-back candidate:

“Less clear is whether Mrs. Clinton can offer the same sort of lift for fellow Democrats in tough races of their own. An offshoot of Mrs. Clinton’s low favorability rating is that candidates who tie themselves to her risk alienating voters they need to win, polling shows. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey last month asked whether people would be more inclined to vote for a Democratic candidate who endorsed Mrs. Clinton’s presidential bid. Some 32% said they would be less likely to vote for that candidate, while only 15% said they would be more inclined. More than half said the endorsement wouldn’t matter either way.”

What’s changed now is that President Obama is joining Clinton. Given Clinton’s numbers, it appears the only way she’ll get her fellow Democrats to appear with her is to bring President Obama everywhere.

With Sanders supporters revolting against even a Clinton-Warren ticket, Clinton is in a precarious position. On Saturday, Clinton made the wrong kind of history with her FBI interview. She finds herself the stand bearer of an ultra-liberal party that doesn’t trust her, and whose candidates will only appear with her if Obama is there as well. With “Occupy the DNC” expecting “thousands” of Sanders supporters to show up, this can’t be the position Clinton wanted to be in with the convention only weeks away.